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Summary

  1. States row between Reform Jersey and Chief Minister
  2. Guernsey's former midwifery head is struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  3. Jersey's government says civil servants' travel expenses "down 20%"
  4. Guernsey hit by electricity supply problems after power surge
  5. UK tour operator says package deals to Guernsey "up 8%"
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Sian Davies

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Sian Davies

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That's it for Channel Islands Local Live for Tuesday. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget the  Channel Islands News on BBC One  at 18:30 and 22:25.

Breastfeeding facilities to be provided for Jersey States staff

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

New facilities for breastfeeding mums will be provided for staff working for the States of Jersey. 

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The government intends to provide areas in all its work sites, including the States Assembly, that can be used by staff who are breastfeeding their children. 

Those will include rooms that can be secure, with comfortable seating and fridges.

Latest weather: Grey weather but mild

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Tonight will be cloudy and murky for much of the night, with some further light rain or drizzle at times the minimum temperature will be 10C (50F).

Wednesday will be dry but fairly cloudy, with some fog or mist patches. There is a chance of some light rain or drizzle through the morning with a brighter afternoon. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

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Scam text 'plays on people's emotions'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Jess Mauger, from Guernsey phone operator Sure, says a scam text number usually starts with 0037, and the company's now blocked outgoing calls to a suspect number. 

It comes after hundreds of calls were made from Sure mobiles to a Lithuanian number after people were texted with the words "Call me". 

Those who called paid 12p for the connection fee and a minimum 35p charge, depending on how long they stayed on the line.

Scam text
Guernsey Police

Jess Mauger said: "It's really playing on people's emotions, which has been successful, because our records show some people have called this number back or texted this number back.

"They're being very clever in that way, and, unfortunately, all it does is connect you to somewhere where you are going to be charged a lot of money to make that call."

Political debate: Banter or a broken rule?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There was a moment in the States today where the Chief Minister suggested Reform Jersey's purpose was to "deliver instability into the community". As you can imagine, this didn't go down well with Reform Jersey, which disputes the claim.

This was over attempts by Reform Jersey to find out if ministers linked to the controversial Innovation Fund had been asked or told to resign after a damning report was published.

States chamber
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Deputy Montfort Tadier, of Reform Jersey, said: "From what I recall, the chief minister said 'the sole purpose of Reform Jersey is to sew division in Jersey and create instability'.

"Not only is that not true, but it seems to fall foul of the instruction not to impute improper motives on any member of the States."

Chief Minister Ian Gorst said his comments were in the heat of answering a question and that he "did indicate the purpose of the question was to illicit further resignations and for the Council of Ministers itself to resign".

The Bailiff is expected to make a decision over whether any rules had been broken.

Jersey youth choir's youngest members 'understand their charity single'

Ashlea Tracey

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey youth choir has recorded a charity single for children living in war-torn countries.

The Musical Originals Singers decided they wanted to fundraise after regularly performing a song that was written about a bombed orphanage in Bosnia.

Choir
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The group is going to release their version of Prayer of the Children, by Kurt Bestor, which was praised at the Choir of the Year competition in Cardiff at the end of last year.

Choir director Imogen Nicholls said even the youngest members understood why they're raising money.

Guernsey had higher than average number of fog days

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

In the past six months, Guernsey has seen slightly more fog days at the airport than the long-term average.

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Figures from the Guernsey Met Office show there were 33 fog days since September 2016, compared to an average of 23.8 days for the same period. 

Most of those days were in February, where there were 11 fog days recorded at the airport.

In Jersey, there have actually been slightly fewer than the average, although we don't have full data for March yet, so it could be higher than the average when we get full details. 

In Jersey, there were 32 fog days, compared to an average of 34.4.

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'Disappointment' in Jersey Aircraft Registry

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

The leader of a scrutiny panel which called for a joint Channel Island aircraft registry says he's disappointed the Jersey one hasn't been a success.

Deputy Steve Luce, who was the chairman of the Economic Affairs Scrutiny Panel that looked into setting up the registry back in 2013, called for a joint Channel Islands registry. 

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But, at the time, Jersey's Economic Development Minister, Alan Maclean, said a single registry couldn't serve the interests of both Jersey and Guernsey.

The Jersey Aircraft Registry has only had two aircraft sign up since it started in 2015 and has cost taxpayers more than £800,000.

Jersey school named in top three Red Nose Day fundraisers in the country

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A school in Jersey has been named in the top three Red Nose Day fundraisers in the country after raising £6,000 in 2015.

Les Quennevais School has taken part in a Gallopathon, lunchtime talent shows and gunging events.

Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day

Host a karaoke party or fashion show, charge an entry fee and get people laughing! The school’s teachers once performed as the Spice Girls – with a cameo appearance from Tom Jones! – while lots of students watched on.

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Scam text message costs Guernsey customers more than £340

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A scam text message has cost Guernsey customers more than £340.

More than 730 people have been duped into calling the number, paying at least 47p each.

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Pollution laws could be tightened

BBC Radio Jersey

Laws controlling pollution which doesn't come from easily identified sources could be tightened up in Jersey. 

Pollution
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The environment minister said that, while it's relatively easy to crack down on single incidents, it's far more complicated to take action against so-called diffuse pollution, where chemicals are coming from a number of places.

Under proposed changes to the law, he said he would be able to take action quicker under a ministerial order to stop the pollution from getting worse.

Nursing charity staff could lose jobs

BBC Radio Jersey

Staff working for Jersey's biggest nursing charity have been told they could lose their jobs under new funding arrangements with the States.  

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The Health Department has signed an agreement with Family Nursing and Home Care worth £7m that includes funding district nursing. 

Health Minister Senator Andrew Green told States members his department had no control over how the charity used its funding.

Repeated attempts to discover truth about resignations

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Chief Minister has continued to refuse to say whether two ministers offered or were asked to resign over a controversial business fund. 

The States heard repeated attempts to ask Ian Gorst to say whether the resignations of the economic development and treasury ministers were discussed when a damning report on the Innovation Fund was published last year. 

Ian Gorst
Ian Gorst

Three reviews are looking at what happened and Senator Philip Ozouf, in charge of the fund when the report came out, resigned. 

Senator Gorst was asked to give a yes or no answer on the two other ministers by members of the Reform Jersey party, whom he accused of trying to destabilise the government.

More than 700 people duped into calling scam number

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A scam targeting Guernsey mobile phone numbers has duped hundreds of islanders. 

Text
Guernsey Police

Around 732 calls have been made back from Sure mobiles in Guernsey to a Lithuanian number, after they were texted with the words "Call me". 

Those who called paid 12p for the connection fee and a minimum 35p charge, depending on how long they stayed on the line.

'It's not just the States' job to fill hotel rooms'

BBC Radio Guernsey

It's not the States' job to fill up Guernsey's hotel rooms - that's the view of Old Government House Hotel manager Andrew Chantrell.

Although he said his hotel was one of those benefiting from an 8% year-on-year boost in forward bookings from UK tour operators, he added that turning around Guernsey's struggling tourism industry would require the States and hoteliers to work together.

Visit Guernsey
Visit Guernsey

"I don't think it's always about what we want to see the States doing," he said. 

"Visit Guernsey, the States, they're not really there to fill up our hotels - they're there to promote the island and to support us in filling our hotels.

"We have all got to work together to do the best we can possibly do and try to ensure that we promote the island the best we can and show people that coming here is a fantastic destination."

Where have the 10,000 Jersey taxpayers gone?

Jersey Evening Post

The number of people paying tax in Jersey fell by 10,000 between 2008 and 2014 despite the Island’s population increasing by more than 5,000, it has been revealed.

Guernsey police warn islanders not to reply to scam texts

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Detective Constable Kirsty Player from Guernsey's Economic Crime Division is warning islanders not to reply to a scam text message.

She said: "These text messages can look very authentic, especially if you've got friends of family abroad and they contact you from a similar number."

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Guernsey Police

"Our advice if you've got a message like this is always be wary if you receive a message like this out of the blue.

"Please do not reply by text or call as you may be charged a premium rate and never give out any personal details unless you are absolutely certain who you are dealing with."

States looking at how to improve Jersey Aircraft Registry

BBC Radio Jersey

Assistant Minister Deputy Murray Norton has put the Jersey Aircraft Registry on hold to avoid costing any more money - but he says the island can do something to make it work.

Other places such as Guernsey already have a successful aircraft registration scheme - and the deputy says the island can learn from them.

Murray Norton
BBC

He said: "They have lots of legislation in place to accept commercial aircraft which we don't have at the moment so there are things we can do and we are doing, and we've spent the last three months looking at what good looks like, looking at how we can get there, examining the markets we can go after and making a positive change to it and that's what we've done with a new team."

Workshops in schools to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Youth Service are running workshops in secondary schools to raise awareness about Child Sexual Exploitation.

They will also have a stall in King Street this Saturday, which is National CSE Awareness Day, to help explain the issue to the general public.

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A number of other agencies, including the police and Safeguarding Partnership Board, will also be taking part.

The main aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of Sexual Exploitation among young people and adults in Jersey so that people of all ages can spot the signs and get support if they or someone they know is a possible victim of the crime.

'Most' have power restored

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Guernsey Electricity says most customers in the Bouet and Pitronnerie Road area have had their power restored after a high voltage cable fault this morning. 

Earlier temporary generators had been installed while repairs were carried out. 

Reports of a surge came from around the island with people contacting us from St Andrews, St Martins and the Castel.

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Phone records show people are falling for scam text message

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are warning islanders not to reply to text messages asking them to phone back an international number. 

Police said a number of islanders had alerted them to the scam after being texted with the words "Call me".

Text message
BBC

Those that do are usually charged at a premium rate, and could be left with a huge bill, officers said. 

Jess Mauger, from phone operator Sure, said the number usually started with 0037, and that their records showed people were falling for the scam and calling back.

The company has blocked outgoing calls to the number, but said it couldn't stop texts coming in the first place.

Fresh approach for Construction Industry Forum as it relaunches

Guernsey Press

Guernsey's Construction Industry Forum is to be relaunched this week as it looks to become a more effective organisation for the whole of the sector.

States spat over Innovation Fund handling

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

Jersey's Chief Minister has refused to say whether two ministers offered to quit or were asked to resign over a controversial business fund. 

The States heard repeated attempts to ask Senator Ian Gorst to say whether the resignations of the economic development and treasury ministers were discussed when a damning report on the Innovation Fund was published last year. 

He was asked for a "yes or no answer" by members of Reform Jersey. Senator Gorst then accused Reform Jersey of trying to "deliver instability".

Senator Ian Gorst
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I understand the three members opposite see themselves as the opposition party to the government, and that is a legitimate position for them to take. They have one aim and that is to deliver instability into this community.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister

Deputy Montfort Tadier, of Reform Jersey, criticised the chief minister for his comment, arguing it went against States conduct rules.

Youth choir records charity single

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A Jersey youth choir has recorded a charity single for children living in war-torn countries. 

Choir
BBC

The Musical Originals Singers decided they wanted to fundraise after regularly performing a song that was written about a bombed orphanage in Bosnia. 

Their version of Prayer of the Children, by Kurt Bestor, brought tears to judges' eyes at the Choir of the Year competition in Cardiff at the end of last year. Now the group is going to release it as a single.

No national newspapers in Jersey

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

There are no national newspapers in Jersey today after the machine that prints them broke down.

The papers have been printed in the island since the system of flying them in was abandoned last year.

Papers
BBC

Tonight's Jersey Evening Post should be available as usual.

BBC Jersey has asked printing company KPS for a comment.

Laws may be changed to make Jersey Aircraft Register a success

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's laws might be changed in order to make the island's aircraft registration system a success. 

The scheme was introduced in 2015 at a cost to taxpayers of £850,000. It was hoped that people would pay the States to register their aircraft here.

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The original target was to get 12 aircraft registered to get the scheme started. So far only two have been signed up.

Deputy Murray Norton said investment in the scheme had been frozen to stop any further cost to the public, admitting it had "under-performed".

Guernsey's head of midwifery struck off over deaths of two babies

Kay Langlois

BBC Radio Guernsey

Helen Kelso, Guernsey's former head of midwifery has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

She admitted a string of charges related to her handling of investigations into the deaths of two babies at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in 2012 and 2014, and the general running of midwifery services. 

Hospital
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She accepted she had not ensured proper procedures were in place at the time of the births, and that failings which were later identified had not been acted upon. 

Miss Kelso also admitted she had placed too much trust in her colleagues and had failed to scrutinise their decisions. 

The ruling was made during a hearing held from 27 February to 2 March.

More people back online after Guernsey power surge

Were there really as many fog days as we thought?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

In the last few weeks, it has sometimes felt nothing was coming into or leaving the Channel Island airports. Thick fog seemed to be stopping any movement and there was a sense it was "worse than ever". But was it?

I've been looking at the stats and, yes, it does look like we had a particularly bad spell.

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February saw more fog days than average for the month, with 11 days in Guernsey, compared to an average of 4.3 days.

In Jersey, there were seven days of fog compared to an average of 5.4. 

It looks like March may also be higher than average. Guernsey has already passed the average within two weeks. 

There have been six fog days in Guernsey, compared to an average of 5.1. So far in Jersey, there have been five days, compared to an average of 6.2.

Dog minder issues a poison warning after a walk at Beauport Read

Jersey Evening Post

An Islander is urging other dog owners to be cautious walking on Beauport Common after her pet was thought to have been poisoned.

Jersey's ladies into final at Indoor Bowls Championships after beating Scotland

BBC Sport

There were mixed results for Jersey's Bowlers at the British Isles Indoor Bowls Championships in Belfast.

Ladies 4's team Rachel Macdonald, Chloe Greechan, Doreen Mason and Diane Canavan are into the final after beating Scotland 17-15.

The Senior Men's 4's, beating Ireland 22-13, have also reached their final.

But there were defeats in Jersey's Singles matches: Tommy Greechan lost 21-14 to Wales' Mark Harding, and Chrissie Grimes went down 21-15 to Pauline Price, also from Wales.

There were defeats too for the Men's 4's, who lost to Ireland 20-19.

In the Men's Triples, the Jersey team lost 21-7 to Scotland, and Scott Baxter went out in his Men's Junior match to Wales 21-10.

Emergency generators for Guernsey residents hit by cable fault

Emergency generators are being set up for Guernsey residents affected by a high voltage cable fault.

Guernsey Electricity said it expected most supplies to be back on in Pitronnerie Road and Bouet area in about two to three hours.

It apologised for continued power disruption.

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Jersey Aircraft Registry frozen to stop further cost to public

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey Deputy says the Jersey Aircraft Registry has "under-performed". 

Murray Norton
BBC

Deputy Murray Norton said investment in the scheme had been frozen to stop any further cost to the public.  

The registry has cost more than £850,000 to set up. Only two aircraft have signed up since it started in 2015.

Work ongoing to restore Guernsey power supplies

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Electricity says it's still working to restore power supplies to the Bouet and Pitronnerie road areas after a high voltage cable fault this morning. 

Earlier, power was lost at one of the island's biggest supermarkets, causing disruption at Waitrose's Admiral Park site, before being restored. Channel Islands wholesaler Cimandis was also affected. 

A surge was also felt around the island this morning, with people contacting us from St Andrews, St Martins and the Castel to report the spike.

Police warn against scam text message

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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Guernsey Police are warning against a scam text message received by numerous islanders in the last couple of hours.

The text contains the phrase "Call me", followed by an international telephone number.

People are being advised not to reply. Officers said the call or text was usually charged at a premium rate and scammers got a portion of it. 

Previous victims in other jurisdictions had racked up enormous bills, they said.

Electric bike scheme so popular it may finish early

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Hundreds of islanders on Jersey have taken advantage of a government-funded discount on electric bicycles. 

Bike
BBC

The £300 vouchers have been so popular that the scheme may finish early. 

Launched last Summer, the £150,000 budget was supposed to last three years but two thirds of it has now been spent.

Waitrose affected by earlier power disruption

BBC Radio Guernsey

New Lieutenant Governor to be welcomed at States Assembly

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's new Lieutenant Governor is to exchange pomp and ceremony for politics as he's welcomed to the States Assembly today. 

Bailiff William Bailhache and politicians will greet Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton (pictured) in the House later. 

Lieutenant Governor
BBC

Sir Stephen took his oath of office a few doors away in the Royal Court yesterday. 

Among the debates for his first session are a call to renegotiate a deal for TV licences for the over-75s, bus fare costs for disabled people and government reform.

Waiting list for boat moorings scrapped

BBC Radio Guernsey

The waiting list for leisure boat moorings in Guernsey's two main harbours has been scrapped. 

Harbour master Captain Chad Murray says there's a good supply of moorings and, since getting rid of the waiting list, more than 25 new boat owners have taken up berths. 

Captain Murray said this was good for the future of the pastime and the local businesses that supplied goods and services for it.

Guernsey Electricity dealing with high voltage cable fault

Sian Davies

BBC News Online